Basilica and Convent of San Francisco

Tel: +51 1 4267377

Address: Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

During the Spanish colonial period, the Catholic culture left a profound influence on Peru, and Catholicism was later turned into its state religion. Religion has been the centre of life for the people since then. In the capital, apart from the Cathedral of Lima, Basilica and Convent of San Francisco is another significant church to locals.


Established in the 17th century A.D, this large complex incorporates a church, a convent, a library and catacombs. It stands as a captivating architecture of elegance, and is one of the most outstanding historical buildings in Lima Historical Centre. In 1991, it was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In the church, Jude the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, is venerated. The most impressive parts about the complex have to be the library with an enormous book collection and the artistic catacombs. This illustrious library is home to about 25,000 antique books, among which are some texts of great historical importance, and of significant value in studying the history of the Catholic church. The catacombs are a gorgeous existence. Although more than ten thousand bodies were laid to rest in the catacombs, and some parts of the remains are even exposed, many visitors are fascinated by its eerie beauty. It is believed that there are secret passages connecting to the Cathedral. Surely an adventurous exploration.